Another season, another new starting tandem at safety for the Chargers. This year's duo figures to…
Hart Assumes Leadership Role in Secondary
Clinton Hart has showed progress since arriving from Philadelphia three seasons ago after being cut loose by the Eagles. He played hard on special teams, did well is spot situations as a backup safety then started running with the first unit last season after the Chargers cut previous starter Terrence Kiel.
"I've put in a lot of hard work," Hart said. "I feel blessed and I'm happy to be part of the Charges for a few more years so we can make that run at a world championship."
In five seasons, Hart has seen action in 78 regular-season games, which includes 31 starts. But his contributions don't start and end on the playing field.
He's become a team leader in the clubhouse, a calming voice for a secondary which includes youthful cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety Eric Weddle.
But Hart was more than just talk. His 109 tackles were third-best among the AFC West champion Chargers, trailing only linebackers Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm.
Hart's new pact will run through the 2012 season.
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